brownie

[brou-nee]
noun
1.
a tiny, fanciful, good-natured brown elf who secretly helps at night with household chores.
2.
a small, chewy, cakelike cookie, usually made with chocolate and containing nuts.
3.
Australian. a bread with currants, baked in a camp oven.
4.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a member of the junior division of the Girl Scouts or the Girl Guides, being a girl in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade and usually between 6 and 8 years old.

Origin:
1505–15; brown + -ie; in folkloric sense, orig. Scots


1. See fairy.
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Brown

[broun]
noun
1.
Charles Brockden [brok-duhn] , 1771–1810, U.S. novelist.
2.
Clifford ("Brownie") 1930–56, U.S. jazz trumpeter.
3.
Edmund Gerald, Jr ("Jerry") born 1938, U.S. politician: governor of California 1975–83.
4.
Herbert Charles, 1912–2004, U.S. chemist, born in England: Nobel Prize 1979.
5.
James Nathaniel ("Jimmy") born 1936, U.S. football player and actor.
6.
John ("Old Brown of Osawatomie") 1800–59, U.S. abolitionist: leader of the attack at Harpers Ferry, where he was captured, tried for treason, and hanged.
7.
Margaret Wise, 1910–52, U.S. author noted for early-childhood books.
8.
Olympia, 1835–1926, U.S. women's-rights activist and Universalist minister: first American woman ordained by a major church.
9.
Robert, 1773–1858, Scottish botanist.
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brown (braʊn)
 
n
1.  any of various colours, such as those of wood or earth, produced by low intensity light in the wavelength range 620--585 nanometres
2.  a dye or pigment producing these colours
3.  brown cloth or clothing: dressed in brown
4.  any of numerous mostly reddish-brown butterflies of the genera Maniola, Lasiommata, etc, such as M. jurtina (meadow brown): family Satyridae
 
adj
5.  of the colour brown
6.  (of bread) made from a flour that has not been bleached or bolted, such as wheatmeal or wholemeal flour
7.  deeply tanned or sunburnt
 
vb
8.  to make (esp food as a result of cooking) brown or (esp of food) to become brown
 
[Old English brūn; related to Old Norse brūnn, Old High German brūn, Greek phrunos toad, Sanskrit babhru reddish-brown]
 
'brownish
 
adj
 
'browny
 
adj
 
'brownness
 
n

Brown (braʊn)
 
n
1.  Sir Arthur Whitten (ˈwɪtən). 1886--1948, British aviator who with J.W. Alcock made the first flight across the Atlantic (1919)
2.  Ford Madox. 1821--93, British painter, associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His paintings include The Last of England (1865) and Work (1865)
3.  George (Alfred), Lord George-Brown. 1914--85, British Labour politician; vice-chairman and deputy leader of the Labour party (1960--70); foreign secretary 1966--68
4.  George Mackay. 1921--96, Scottish poet, novelist, and short-story writer. His works, which include the novels Greenvoe (1972) and Magnus (1973), reflect the history and culture of Orkney
5.  (James) Gordon. born 1951, British Labour politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer (1997--2007); prime minister from 2007
6.  Herbert Charles. 1912--2004, US chemist, who worked on the compounds of boron. Nobel prize for chemistry 1979
7.  James. 1933--2006, US soul singer and songwriter, noted for his dynamic stage performances and for his commitment to Black rights
8.  John. 1800--59, US abolitionist leader, hanged after leading an unsuccessful rebellion of slaves at Harper's Ferry, Virginia
9.  Lancelot, called Capability Brown. 1716--83, British landscape gardener
10.  Michael (Stuart). born 1941, US physician: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine (1985) for work on cholesterol
11.  Robert. 1773--1858, Scottish botanist who was the first to observe the Brownian movement in fluids

brownie (ˈbraʊnɪ)
 
n
1.  (in folklore) an elf said to do helpful work at night, esp household chores
2.  a small square nutty chocolate cake
3.  (Austral) history a bread made with currants
 
[C16: diminutive of brown (that is, a small brown man)]

Brownie (ˈbraʊnɪ)
 
n
1.  another name for Brownie Guide
2.  trademark (formerly) a popular make of simple box camera

Brownie Guide or Brownie (ˈbraʊnɪ)
 
n
a member of the Brownie Guides, one of the junior branches (aged 7--10 years) in The Guide Association
 
Brownie or Brownie
 
n

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brown
O.E. brun "dark, dusky," only developing a definite color sense 13c., from P.Gmc. *brunaz (cf. O.N. brunn, Dan. brun, O.Fris., O.H.G. brun, Du. bruin, Ger. braun), from PIE *bher- (3) "shining, brown" (cf. Lith. beras "brown"), related to *bheros "dark animal" (cf.
beaver, bear (n.), and Gk. phrynos "toad," lit. "the brown animal"). The O.E. word also had a sense of "brightness, shining," now preserved only in burnish. The Gmc. word was adopted into Romanic (cf. M.L. brunus, It., Sp. bruno, Fr. brun). Brown-bag (v.) "to bring lunch or liquor in a brown paper bag" is from 1960s. Brown Bess, slang name for old British Army flintlock musket, first recorded 1785.

brownie
"benevolent goblin supposed to haunt old farmhouses in Scotland," 1510s, dim. of brown "a wee brown man" (see brown). The name for the junior branch of the Girl Guides or Girl Scouts is 1916, in ref. to uniform color. Brownie point (1963) is sometimes associated with Brownie
in the Scouting sense but is perhaps rather from brown-nose.
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Brown (broun), Michael. Born 1941.

American geneticist. He shared a 1985 Nobel Prize for discoveries related to cholesterol metabolism.

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brownie

in English and Scottish folklore, a small, industrious fairy or hobgoblin believed to inhabit houses and barns. Rarely seen, he was often heard at night, cleaning and doing housework; he also sometimes mischievously disarranged rooms. He would ride for the midwife, and in Cornwall he caused swarming bees to settle quickly. Cream or bread and milk might be left for him, but other gifts offended him. If one made him a suit of clothes, he would put it on and then vanish, never to return

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Wide choice of brownie flavors, attractive packaging.
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